Fashionable Easterner Alison Stripling is shocked to receive a letter from her deceased sister’s husband in Hope, Kansas, pleading for help with his six children. The letter gives Alison a chance to escape her troubles in Boston, and the name of the town seems like a sign from God. But when she arrives at a rustic cabin on the prairie, she’s in for a bigger shock: Rafe Munroe didn’t write the letter at all! Realizing the children are determined to pair them off, Rafe and Alison join forces to prove the idea would never work. Can Hope’s cupids - all six of them - strike love’s arrows into the hearts of their pa and Miss Alison?
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I bought a copy of this book from a used bookstore. All opinions are my own." That done, LOVE FINDS YOU IN HOPE, KANSAS, is an earlier book in the wildly popular Love Finds You series--that I and so many others were so sad to see come to an end.
Rafe wasn't much of a God-fearing man even though his brother is a preacher, and didn't put much effort into instilling faith into his children after his wife dies. When the six kids decide Dad needs a new wife, they go after their mom's sister (who was only 8 years old when the mom married so she is much younger than Rafe.) Alison doesn't have the vaguest clue about how to be a wife, mom or run a house -- let alone cook -- so it has some funny moments. If you like mail order bride stories with a twist, then LOVE FINDS YOU IN HOPE, KANSAS is one to consider. Not much of a faith message, but there is a lot of humor and some mention of church and praying.